Swansea Urban Village Project Plans
The Welsh Government has approved funding for a feasibility study on a new sustainable urban village at Felindre near Swansea. Under the proposals, community facilities, schools and playing fields, as well as public and private sector housing could be created on the Welsh Government-owned 100 hectare Greenfield site.Business Minister Edwina Hart has approved funding for the study, which will be formally submitted as part of the consultation process on the City and County of Swansea’s Local Development Plan (LDP).
The proposed new village would be built on the greenfield site where the National Eisteddfod was held in 2006. This is next to the site of the former British Steel Felindre tinplate works — the 150 acre brownfield site, which is owned by Swansea Council, and has planning permission for offices and light industrial units. Infrastructure work is due to begin on the site early next year.
The Urban Village is designed to be a vibrant environment with a unique identity and a universal appeal at the centre of Swansea and South Wales. Initiated through a £25 million scheme for the regeneration, redesign and rebuilding of the High Street and Strand Row areas of Wales' second city, the Urban Village is a vision of sustainable living and working – intimate but also modern and metropolitan. Coastal Housing Group, with architects Holder Mathias and contractors Mi-Space are completing this exciting project in four phases, culminating in the construction of 76 affordable apartments and Village's centrepiece, the Creative Hub.
Bringing together local, national and international industries and talents, the Creative Hub will encompass everything from bespoke craft and fashion design to digital arts, broadcast media, publishing and advertising. This will be housed in Wales' first ever space dedicated to these industries, providing a cutting edge community centred environment in which to work, socialise and shop. As well as central living and workspace, the Urban Village will feature a range of retail and leisure outlets designed to cater for every taste, while maintaining its unique environment. A series of new courtyard spaces will link shops, offices, cafes and bars with the Village apartments, providing a self-contained centre for retail, leisure and business.
The project will create around 320 construction jobs over five years and the Urban Village will see some 426 full and part-time job vacancies on its completion. The Urban Village is breaking new ground in city centre regeneration and acting as a magnet for new business, while allowing affordable living at the heart of an environment where life, work and leisure creatively combine.